THE FIRST OF THE GREATEST CRIMES OF BABYLON
The undeniable crimes of Babylon which exposes her wantonness – her unfaithfulness towards her Husband whom in spite of all her boasting she has rejected makes her cup of foaming adultery overrun. So that the Spirit testifies her crimes are piled up to heaven (Rev 18:5). Let us read a few verses in this respect: 1 Tim 5:24, “The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them.” ; 1 Thess 2:15-16, “……They displease God and are hostile to all men in their effort to keep us from speaking to (them) so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.” and Isa 9:8, “Surely wickedness burns like a fire; it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze, so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.”
What is meant by Babylon? How do we recognize her?
Now, to those who fail to understand the term ‘Babylon’, let it be known that the word finds its origin in Babel which is THE SYMBOL OF MAN’S REBELLION owing to the fact that Babel was man’s first collective attempt at cutting a futile path to heaven on their own merit and for their own glory (Gen 11:4).
It is difficult to recognize it if one is not firmly grounded on the Word of God because the hallmark of Babylon is her unfaithfulness to God and to His infallible Word. To that end one has to be absolutely and certainly taught by God Himself, perfectly in keeping with His promise regarding Daughter of Zion, His chosen people – Isa 54:13, “All your sons (or children) will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.” and Jn 6:45, “It is written in the prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.'”
HER FIRST OF THE GREATEST CRIMES:
Her first of the greatest crimes is the changing of the Sabbath from the Seventh Day to, spiritually speaking, the non-existent Eighth Day.
Why non-existent? Because it purports to exalt the day after Sabbath, which is spiritually non-existent as ‘eternal’ Sabbath is TIMELESSNESS.
NOW, IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THAT, WE MUST LEARN HOW ‘TIME’ CAME TO BE INTRODUCED. AND WHY?
However, before that, let us begin by learning: What is meant by Sabbath?
Sabbath or the Seventh Day Rest is that ASPECT OF THE GOSPEL which symbolizes and proclaims the CONSUMMATION or the FINAL CONCLUSION of all God’s work to BRING FORTH ETERNAL REST THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, HIS SON – WHO IS THE LORD OF THE SABBATH.
Therefore to keep the Sabbath is to proclaim the eternal Sabbath-rest of God. For example, just as it is in the case of partaking of the Lord’s Table. As it states in 1 Cor 11:26, Lk 22:19b etc., to partake of the Lord’s Table is to proclaim the death and resurrection of the Lord.
Every commandment of God is given us to proclaim the Truth – His divine nature, His eternal powers, His surpassing Righteousness and His kingdom. Omitting any one of them is no less a crime than omitting a part of the Gospel, the Truth.
AS SUCH, THE QUESTION IS HOW CAN ONE PURPORT TO PREACH AND TEACH THE GOSPEL BY ELIMINATING HIS TEACHINGS ON SABBATH WHICH IS THE WONDERFUL CULMINATION OF OUR GLORIOUS HOPE?!!
Such mercenaries who dare to call themselves missionaries ARE EXPOSED by the fact that they pretend to cut a path which has no destination. For, THE GOSPEL WITHOUT THE SABBATH IS LIKE THE GODLY WITHOUT THE ETERNITY! And yet, this is what the churches at large are guilty of propagating.
INTRODUCTION OF TIME:
Let us move on to understand the introduction of Time:-
Time came to be introduced by the fifth verse, i.e. in Gen 1:5. Before that, was the timelessness with God, Gen 1:1, “In the beginning God…” followed by the first creations, “the heavens and the earth”. Next, though the heavens are not described, Gen 1:2 begins to describe the earth with words such as, “formless and empty” and goes on to introduce the presence of “darkness” and “the deep”. It concludes by stating that God, Who is Spirit, hovered over them.
Such words reveal the obvious shift in the spiritual equilibrium that came about then. It leads us to address the question: What happened between the first and the second verse, i.e. after the heavens and the earth were created? (Clearly the state of earth as described above is very different from the state of heavens. Hence the elaboration.)
Our answers lie in the introduction of “darkness” and “the deep” which as we know were created by God to throw Satan, who is Lucifer, the fallen angel (eg. Lk 10:18, Ezek 28:12-19), and his band of rebelling angels into (eg. 2 Pet 2:4, Rev 9:14-15 etc.). It leads us to the revelation that the rebellion of Satan took place in the period between the first and the second verse. Thus, while some of them are imprisoned there (eg. Rev 9:15) to serve God’s purpose at the appointed time, Satan and the rest moved around freely between darkness, the deep and the earth which was, as we know, a barren piece of land then.
[PLEASE NOTE: It may not be necessary that I mention it here, but allow me to furnish that Satan had retained his old seat in heaven for some time which he continued to frequent at will until at last he had lost it too (eg. Job 1:6-7, Rev 12:8)].
After this brief but catastrophic interlude commences the next stage of creation – Gen 1:3-4: Thus, to begin with, “light” was introduced to counter darkness, followed by TIME which began as the “first day” (Gen 1:5).
Understand that this next stage of creation which commences symbolically on the “first day” and concludes on the “sixth day” is THE SETTING IN MOTION OF GOD’S WORK OF REDEMPTION IN SIX STAGES until once again ‘Timelessness” and ‘Rest’ is restored, symbolized by the “seventh day of rest”, the SEVENTH STAGE.
THIS IS THE UNMISTAKABLE AND IRREFUTABLE DIVINE PATTERN OF THE ‘SEVENS’ SYMBOLIZED BY THE INTRODUCTION OF ‘WEEK’.
Read Gen 2:2-3, “By the seventh day God had FINISHED the work He had been doing; so on the “seventh day” He rested from all His work. AND GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY AND MADE IT HOLY, BECAUSE ON IT HE RESTED FROM ALL THE WORK OF CREATING THAT HE HAD DONE.”
Thus ‘time’ was created to set and foretell a prescribed period until He creates all things anew (refer Rev 21:1-5) after which there shall NO MORE be “darkness”, “the deep”, “the Hades”, which we now know lies beneath it, as also “the sun” and “the moon” (Gen 1:14-18) which was created to govern the day and night respectively to mark “time” and “seasons” of this temporal world.
Following is a quick and easy appraisal to showcase this pattern in all God’s work from Creation to Redemption to His glorious Reign on earth and finally to Regeneration :
1. FROM THE WORK OF REDEMPTION:
- Recall or the calling of Noah
- Re-awakening or the calling of Abraham
- Revelations in Word or the laws and the prophets
- Revelation in Flesh or the First Coming of the Lord
- Revelation of the Way by His perfect Righteousness most perfectly exemplified by Him and Him Alone
- Ransom paid or the Holy Sacrifice or the work of redemption accomplished on the cross
- Rest – which typically concurred on the Sabbath, the “blessed and holy seventh day”
2. TO HIS GLORIOUS REIGN ON EARTH
- Return to Heaven or the ascension and glorification
- Revelation in the fullness of His eternal glory or His Second Coming
- Resurrection and regeneration of the righteous
- Retribution of the Lord or the fulfillment of the first part of the two-fold retribution of God
- Reign of the King of kings which is the holy and Sabbatical rest of thousand years on the earth.
3. TO THE TOTAL REGENERATION
- Recall of the enemy or release of Satan
- Reinforcement of his troops
- Retribution and end of the enemy or the fulfillment of the latter part of the two-fold retribution of God
- Resurrection and Judgment of the wicked
- Regeneration of the heaven and the earth or the restoration of the spiritual equilibrium
- Return to Heaven with His people or the Glorious Homecoming
- Reign of God – the anointing of the Most Holy or the Coming of the Eternal Kingdom of God in the fullness of His Triune Glory and Holiness which is known as the eternal Sabbath-rest of God.
PLEASE NOTE that I have drawn the above pattern based on the revealed Sabbatical rests of the Lord. Also note, how the increase in Sabbath period from a day to a year, as it was given to the Israelites (refer Ex 23:12, 10, Lev 25:3-4 etc.), is symbolic of Sabbath’s increase from a day to thousand years and finally to eternity in the perfect Sabbath plan of God.
THIS IS IN FACT SETTING OF PRECEDENCE TO THE FORETOLD CALCULATION IN THE MULTIPLICATION OF ‘SEVENS’ OF THE SET TIME IN WHICH GOD WILL ACCOMPLISH ALL HIS WORK. IN TOTAL THERE ARE SUCH SEVENTY ‘SEVENS’ ALLOTTED TO TIME.
This is why Dan 9:24-27 reveals in terms of “…..seventy ‘sevens’ ………..from the time of the ‘issuing of the Decree (or Word)…..”. For eg., read Dan 9:24, “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy.”
(As to the particular ‘seven’ or ‘sevens’ we are currently in is revealed in the article ‘The End Time Revelations’ made available in this website – a must read!)
This is also the reason why Jesus states, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” (Jn 5:17). He has in fact just re-instated what was revealed all along – remember, Ps 121:4, “Indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”
In short, God’s work doesn’t stop until the eternal Sabbath-rest is attained. And this is what every observance of Sabbath proclaims.
FROM DISOBEDIENCE TO DESECRATION TO TOTAL DISREGARD OF SABBATH:
No sooner had God announced the “seventh day of rest” or the “Sabbath”, than we see it obliterated from man’s world for centuries, perhaps millennia, until God had set apart a nation for Himself to teach His holy ways to all mankind and reinstate the Holy Sabbath.
To that effect, He very symbolically sent ‘manna’ and ‘meat’ from the sky and fed the Israelites (Ex 16), literally leading them with chords of human kindness (Hos 11:4), to teach them to fully return to God and to keep the Sabbath that is holy unto the Lord, Who is to be the ‘True and Heavenly Manna’ to be sent from God (Jn 6:32, Jn 6:57-58).
Read Ex 16:23, “..This is what the Lord commanded: ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord…’ ” And, read Ex 20:8-11, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is A SABBATH TO THE LORD YOUR GOD. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord BLESSED THE SABBATH DAY and made it holy.”
Yet, how Satan has once again connived to deceive the nations into ignoring and disobeying His eternal covenants, just as he did in Eden, becomes clearly evident to us now. By employing men who, unbeknown to the gullible, in the spirit of Anti Christ further his evil agenda to plant his seeds of lies AND CHANGE THE SET TIMES AND LAWS. Read Matt 13:38b-39a, “The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.”
Thus, just as it was prophesied of them in Dan 7:25, “He will speak against the Most High and oppress His saints and TRY TO change the set times and the laws…”, anti Christs and false prophets followed one after another to fulfill that which was forewarned of them. As a result Sabbath and all other holy laws of God came to be first desecrated by His own people who at heart continued in their idolatry.
Just as it was with the first man who was exposed by his act of disobedience (Gen 3:17), his descendants, Israelite or non-Israelite, likewise follow suit and lay bare their unfaithfulness, their adultery, for all to see!
[PLEASE NOTE: It is the very first man, who began his unfaithfulness by first changing the God-ordained name ‘Adam’ or ‘Man’ given also to the female (Gen 1:26, Gen 5:2) and calling her ‘woman’ FOR HIS OWN GLORY (Gen 2: 23), who sets the sinful precedence of idolatry for all men to follow.
REMEMBER AND BE WARNED, IT IS NOT FOR NO REASON THAT GOD HIMSELF NAMES CERTAIN THINGS JUST AS IT WAS WITH SABBATH, THE ONLY DAY HE NAMED.
When God told the male that he may eat of any fruit except for ‘the one’, or permitted him to name all the beasts and birds except for ‘the female’ or to do work on all six days except on ‘Sabbath’, the male had gone on not only to disobey God but also to desecrate all that was set apart and sacred to God, thus breaking the great trust (Gen 2:19b) that was bestowed upon him and terminating the holy Covenant of God made with him forever! (Hos 6:7).
Down the line, the Israelites themselves distorted the commandment so that though outwardly they showed diligence in keeping the Sabbath, they failed to keep it holy to the Lord (eg. Matt 12:11-12) and honor Him who is ‘Lord of the Sabbath’ – the Heavenly Manna sent from God.
As for the churches, who followed after them, who were called to belong to the ‘spiritual Israel’, the “seventh day” came to be substituted by the non-existent “eighth day”, or rather in reality, the “first day” so that their idolatrous hearts, instead of honoring the Lord of the Sabbath, honor the temporal light of this world which is governed by “the sun” and the worship of it by setting apart “Sunday” for the same.
[PLEASE NOTE: It is immaterial at whose door one lays the blame or to which particular anti Christ one may want to credit the same, the fact is that in the matter of Sabbath-disobedience, with the exception of one known church (the name is unimportant as I am not an advocate of any church of this world), all follow in the same path of the evil dictum and therefore become equally guilty.
Sabbath is not a doctrine peculiar to any particular church. It is the very commandment of God!
The Spirit testifies, “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant – they were unfaithful to Me there.” (Hos 6:7), “Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against Me.” (Isa 43:27), “….they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day.” (Ezek 2:3); “Like their fathers they were disloyal and faithless; as unreliable as a faulty bow.” (Ps 78:57); ” ‘Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from My decrees and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Mal 3:7) etc.]
Oh, yes! Honoring the “sun” the creation and not “the Son” the Creator (Jn 1:1-3) has been the way of the idolatrous since time immemorial. The difference is only between the most-obvious and the most-subtle.
For eg., note how the Israelites were themselves guilty of it. Read Ezek 8:16b, “… With their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.”
Therefore, as it continues to reveal in Dan 7:25, He will purge them of their sins, and how? Read Dan 7:25 which continues, “…. The saints will be handed over to him (the ultimate or the most ruthless and final of all anti Christs) for a time, times and half a time.”
LEARN FROM THE LORD:
Read Mk 2:27-28, “Then He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of man IS LORD EVEN OF THE SABBATH.”
Just as it was since the beginning. Jesus Christ reinstates and fulfills that which was stated by the Father all along. For eg., Ex 16:29, “Bear in mind that the Lord has given you Sabbath….”
Therefore, understand that Sabbath is a sacred gift of God to man, a gift which he forfeits if he is foolish enough to reject. For it is the same with all gifts of God, for example, the gift of priesthood!
(Read how the Levites earned it once, Num 18:7, “…. I am giving you the service of the priesthood as a gift.” only to forfeit it in the end due to their unfaithfulness, so that only a minuscule remnant among them retained it through Zadok who had found favor with God – Ezek 40:46, Ezek 44:15 and 48:11-12.)
As such, bear in mind that Sabbath was not made in man’s honor for him to do what he pleases with it. Rather, as Jesus reveals, Sabbath was made in His honor Who Alone bears the title ‘the Lord of the Sabbath’.
FOR SABBATH IS WROUGHT BY HIM WHO ALONE IS THE AUTHOR AND PERFECTER OF GOD’S GIFT OF SALVATION TO MANKIND.
Think for yourself: What could be more vile than dishonoring the very Source of Light, who is the Eternal Light, to honor the temporal light of this world which is waiting to perish with this world anyway?!!!
Read Rev 21:23-25, which describes the ‘Eternal City of God’ in the New Earth and the New Heaven, “The City does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it Light, and the Lamb is its Lamp. The nations will walk by its Light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.”
Oh, yes! Just as the psalmist testifies in Ps 84:11, “For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”
Therefore let us understand that it is the idolatry of their hearts, their unfaithfulness, which led the so-called church leaders in the spirit of the anti-Christ to dilute the Word of God and change that which was established since the very beginning. For in reality changing of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the non-existent eighth day or the first day, in effect, is the honoring of the sun which governs it (Gen 1:16). As it was with the Israelites, all their pretenses fall apart as they are exposed by their dishonoring of the Lord of the Sabbath in their total desecration of the Sabbath!
Trying to seek justification for their action by pretending to honor the resurrection of the Lord or the day of His resurrection DOES NOT free them of the damnable guilt of having changed the God-ordained times and laws. It is a pity that some have even dared to call Sunday, the Sabbath, and delude themselves into believing that indeed they do not fail in observing it!!
As regards His resurrection which took place symbolically on the first day of the next week, following His Sabbath rest to mark the conclusion of His work that was finished on the cross the previous day to the Sabbath (Jn 19:30, “When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”), MARKS not its continuation but the beginning of the next stage of His work.
And what better way to start it than in His very Person to reveal that He is indeed the True and Eternal Light, the true Sun (Ps 84:11 )- both of this world and of the next, of this generation and of the next, i.e. the generation of the regenerated: the fulfillment of the infallible Word of God “The True Light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” (Jn 1:9).
THE SECOND COMING OF THE LORD OR THE DAY OF THE LORD
Think about it, reason with yourself and understand if Sabbath is not the Day of the Lord, then what is? And when Zechariah speaks of ‘a Day of the Lord’ (Zech 14:1) to reveal the Day of the Second Coming of the Lord, doesn’t it become clear that by dishonoring the Sabbath and going about in it in your own way you deny yourself the very fulfillment of that which you otherwise earnestly hope and aspire for? Refer Isa 58:13-14.
KEEP THE SABBATH:
Repent and keep the Sabbath holy! As the psalmist writes, Ps 95:8, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…”
(Since this is a sequel to the article titled “Prophetic warning to the churches” let me believe that at least some have taken the bold step of faith and left Babylon behind.) Therefore, to all those who have separated and come out of Babylon, I exhort you to honor God’s eternal covenants and keep His Sabbaths, to begin with.
Read Isa 56:1-8, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Maintain justice and do what is right, for My salvation is close at hand and My righteousness will soon be revealed. Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps His hand from doing any evil.’ Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from His people.’ And let not any eunuch complain, ‘I am only a dry tree.’ For this is what the Lord says: ‘To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, who choose what pleases Me and hold fast to My covenant – to them I will give within My temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off. And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to serve Him, to love the Name of the Lord, and to worship Him, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to My covenant – these I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in my House of Prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a House of Prayer for all nations.” The Sovereign Lord declares – he who gathers the exiles of Israel: I will gather still others to them besides those already gathered.”
Keep it holy by not going your own ways, Isa 58:13-14, ‘“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” The mouth of the Lord has spoken.’
FOLLOW IN THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST:
- By sending forth His Words of deliverance, redemption and healing on the Sabbath (eg. Matt 12:13, Lk 13:12-13, Lk 13:15-16 etc.)
- By calling together the House of Prayer wherever you are (eg. Lev 23:3, “There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of rest, a day of sacred assembly……. it is a Sabbath to the Lord.”; Deut 16:8 – “…on the seventh day hold an assembly to the Lord your God and do no work.”) and however few in number. Refer Matt 18:20, “For where two or three come together in My Name, there Am I with them.”
- By honoring Him with a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess His Name (Heb 13:15). And with joy and gladness remembering to lift the cup of salvation (Ps 116:13) and proclaim His death – the breaking of the Heavenly Manna, by the breaking and partaking of bread and drink of the vine (Lk 22:17-20) just as He demonstrated and commanded us to; reminding us in all His divine earnestness and zeal how He longs and waits to partake of the same with us again at the fulfillment of all His work, i.e. at the Coming of the Eternal Sabbath, the Kingdom of God (Matt 26:29, Mk 14:25, Lk 22:18).
- Schedule the Sabbath just as God did each day, for eg. Gen 1:5b, “And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day.” – i.e. from Friday evening until the cycle of a day is completed the next day. Read Mk 15:42-43, “It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of Council, who was himself waiting for the Kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.”; Jn 19:42, “Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” and Lk 23:55-56, “The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how His body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.”
- Sup and enjoy His fellowship together with joyful, sincere and grateful hearts. Refer Deut 16:14, “Be joyful at your Feast – you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants,…(all those who serve amongst you), the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.”
- This leads us to address the following question:
Is it wrong to break bread or, as the hungry disciples did, to pick some heads of grain from the grainfields to eat, on a Sabbath?
Jesus answers the same once and for all in His response to the pharisees or false teachers of this world who, though lacking in spiritual insight seek to appear holier than the rest, go about making much to-do about nothing. Read Matt 12:7, “If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”. And as He elaborates, read Matt 12:1-8 fully, excerpts from which teaches – “..for One greater… is here….. the Son of Man (who) is the Lord of the Sabbath.”.
And indeed we find the disciples on their part have set the better example. For eg., read Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” and Acts 2:46, “… They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.”
Only, take heed to follow by the Lord’s example (eg. Matt 15:36), TO ALWAYS honor and thank the Father who sustains our souls both in body and in spirit at all times – by granting us both the earthly manna and the Heavenly Manna. Refer Rom 14:17, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.“
For what does our earthly feasting amount to if we fail to remember and honor (possible only by obeying His laws of surpassing righteousness – Matt 5:20) the Heavenly Manna He is faithful to break for us each day – Sabbath or not? But then the question arises, how many of us are in the habit of supping from His Table every single day? Let this be an exhortation and a fervent prodding!
Finally, let it be known that the Word of God stands united on the fact that the Coming of the Lord is on “a Day of the Lord” (eg. Zech 14:1) which means on a Sabbath or on a Seventh Day. And indeed when He appears on a Sabbath, where will you be found? Would you be found keeping it holy unto Him? If not, how would you offer yourself holy unto Him on His Day? For the Word of God has decreed that only those that are holy to the Lord will be received unto Him and will receive the Seal or the Inscription of the Lord, that will be visible to all from then on, which will read “HOLY TO THE LORD” (Zech 14:20).
(In relation to Zech 14:20, refer to Ezek 11 for fuller understanding.)
Also, though at first glance it may seem that the purpose of the detractors is served in Matt 24:20, “Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.”, understand that it does not in any way rule out the possibility! If anything, it only alerts one to the possibility.
In fact, or rather in other words, it just goes on to expose the lies – (more of) the additions and the deletions made to the Word of God by scheming men. Therefore, be warned!!
May God bless you!